Strike a balance between offering new information and reiterating things you've already shared during multistage job interviews, writes Sara McCord. When you repeat something, preface it by saying something along the lines of, "As I was saying the last time we met."
Meet the interviewer's oddest questions with answers that illustrate your creativity and problem-solving skills, advises Lisa Quast. Such questions aren't meant to solicit perfect answers, but to give the hiring manager insight into how your mind works
Ask for a timeline for the remainder of the hiring process before leaving a job interview to encourage a speedy decision, experts say. Continue following up with updates on any successes you've had at your current job.
Whether you're interviewing for a position or networking, you have to be comfortable talking about yourself, writes Katie Douthwaite Wolf. By driving the discussion to topics you're passionate about, practicing common interview anecdotes with friends and family and describing yourself from others' perspectives, you can get over your fear of sounding self-centered, she writes.
The most common question used to begin a job interview is some variation of Tell me about yourself." To make a good impression, answer by providing pertinent, career-related information and leaving out personal and social details. Discuss your education, work background and key accomplishments while keeping your answer brief.
By being prepared to build on the qualities your resume indicates with real-life stories that show you putting those traits in action, you can enjoy better success at job interviews. Look for gaps or points of need that a company may have, and address ways you can assist with them during an interview.
If you don't have a list of references and multiple copies of your resume, you aren't prepared for your job interview, writes Laura McMullen. You should take the items in a folder that contains a pen and paper for note-taking. Intangible items that you can't forget on interview day include knowledge of the company, the questions you plan to ask and any evidence or achievements you have that back up your previous job performance.
If you go into an interview with a solid plan of what you can achieve within your first 30, 60 and 90 days on the job, you're much more likely to get hired, writes Peggy McKee. Such a plan removes a lot of the risk associated with hiring a new employee. "When it comes to hiring, bosses never want a coin toss -- they want a clear winner," writes McKee.
Job seekers should adopt a different strategy for each step of a multistage interview
process, Megan Santos writes. For the prescreening interview, be ready to rattle off the qualities that will make you a valuable employee. During the in-house interview, ask questions and focus on your body language.
During job interviews, employers want to see that you are inquisitive, a problem-solver and a team player, writes Charles Galda. Show inquisitiveness by asking smart questions, and demonstrate that you're a problem-solver by sharing anecdotes from previous jobs.
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